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Mission Statement

AbilityFirst provides programs and services to help children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities realize their full potential throughout their lives.


About AbilityFirst

AbilityFirst is a leading nonprofit organization providing programs and services to children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome. Established in 1926 as the Crippled Children’s Society of Southern California, our mission is to help individuals with disabilities realize their full potential.

In 1999, the organization adopted the name AbilityFirst to better reflect our mission, our vision, and our commitment to celebrating the unique abilities of every individual.

AbilityFirst Centers and Programs
With 25 facilities throughout Southern California, including eight community centers, three work centers, and 12 accessible residential housing facilities, AbilityFirst offers a broad range of programs for children with disabilities, as well as employment, recreational and socialization programs for adults, and an accessible camp for children and adults.



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by trista a. (September 14, 2015)
It seems like an easy and good way to help and get involved in the community.